Black Tuesday
The Bruery

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Stout - American Imperial
Ranked #17
Ranked #65
4.59 | pDev: 9.37%
The Bruery
California, United States
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Notes: Our infamous Black Tuesday is an imperial stout aged in bourbon barrels for over a year. Rich caramel, toasted malt, vanilla, burnt wood and anise are just a few of the many flavors in this rich, decadent imperial stout.

2009: 19.5% ABV
2010: 18.2% ABV
2011: 18.3% ABV
2012: 19.2% ABV
2013: 18.9% ABV
2014: 19.7% ABV
2015: 19.9% ABV
2016: 20.3% ABV
2017: 19.5% ABV
2018: 19.5% ABV
2019: 19.4% ABV
Reviews: 743 | Ratings: 4,124 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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joberlander from Massachusetts

4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 drank in 2020. BIG BEER. Tons of bourbon on the nose with caramel and vanilla. Taste follow with a huge hit of bourbon. As it warms oak and caramel toffee notes come out along with dark chocolate. Really complex and a treat to enjoy over a few hours.

Jun 11, 2020
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Treyliff from West Virginia

4.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2019 Vintage
16oz can poured into a tulip

A- pours black in color with a one-finger light khaki head that reduces to a thin film floating on top

S- boozy aromas jump out of the glass with this one; bold notes of chocolate and vanilla, walnut fudge brownie batter, caramel & toffee, anise, black strap molasses & maple syrup, cherries, figs, raisin. Finishes with a huge oaky bourbon aroma that adds wet oak, barrel juice, toasted coconut and more vanilla

T- huge, boozy and malty sweet up front with notes of dark chocolate & caramel, black strap molasses and toasted walnuts. Port and sherry-like vinous notes mid-palate, along with notes of soy sauce. The finish brings out bold bourbon barrel notes, adding sharp oak and vanilla. Lingers of dark fruits, chocolate and booze

M- thick and viscous body with low carbonation leads to a syrupy mouthfeel and a warm, boozy finish

O- an ideal dessert beet that is made for sipping, complex, boozy and savory

Jun 03, 2020
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from @2beerdogs in NBS BIF 10 – Thanks Derek! Reviewed 2/16/20.
2016 Edition. Etched on the shoulder above the rear label “B#3501 9/8/16” above “09:31 000906”. Stored at home at 42 degrees and served at 55 degrees (as stated on the label) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 60.9 degrees F.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Medium brown, clear.
Body – Dark brown/black, opaque. When held to direct light, brown around the top edge.
Head – Average (Maximum two cm, aggressive center pour), tannish with large bubbles fizzing away, gone within a minute after the pour is completed, leaving thin complete ring of tiny bubbles, fed by aggressive effervescence.
Lacing – None, not unexpected at 20.3% ABV.
Aroma – 4 - Has an almost weak, watery dark fruit aroma with some weak wood and possibly bourbon in the background, but I must really horn it to pick up the bourbon.
Flavor – 4 – This begins somewhat sweet with weak flavors of “dark fruit’’ with raisins being weakly predominant and prunes trailing behind. Dates are weakly present. No alcohol (20.3% ABV as marked on label) aroma or flavor, but massive numbing of the tongue and soft palate occurs as it warms while being held in the mouth. No alcohol on the exhale, oddly enough. No diacetyl, no dimethylsulfide, no hops.
Palate – 4 – Medium, just short of syrupy, lively carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 4. Like the Chicxulub meteor, this burns all the way down my esophagus before striking my gastric mucosa, leaving a massive crater and wiping out all the helicobacter dinosaurs in my own, personal, mass extinction event. Otherwise, the flavors are subdued and blended to the point of making it difficult to separate individuals from the background salmagundi, providing a coherent and cogent synthesis of deep fruity flavors, sans wood or bourbon. Appearance is totally average: brown black, no head, but somehow looks less viscous than Old Engine Oil (of which I’ll soon be drinking sixers). Overall, a decent delivery system for high levels of alcohol. I capped the bottle while I can still make those decisions.

Feb 16, 2020
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augustgarage from California

4.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2009 vintage - poured from a 750mL bottle into a small snifter.

Bistre body with very little carbonation producing a tiny khaki collar; fast running tears; poor retention.

Deep, sweet, fruit-heavy, rich aromatics with molasses, prunes, figs, toasted sugar, and faint tobacco. No real signs of oxidation, infection, or souring despite being 11 years old.

Vanilla, caramel, toffee, treacle, dark cherries, coffee, and tobacco in the palate entry. Medium, slightly medicinal (cough syrup) finish. Complex, but possibly a bit past its prime.

Sticky, medium-bodied mouthfeel with substantial but not excessive heat from the ABV.

More than the sum of its parts, this is still one of the biggest stouts available, although, consequently, it's a bit sweet/hot.

Feb 12, 2020
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npolachek from New York

4.87/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is probably one of the best sweet stouts I have ever had. Very sweet with tastes of caramel and vanilla. Similar to a Founders CBS and has amazing balance. Highly recommend!

Jan 13, 2020
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emyers from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

2019 vintage - can poured into teku glass.

Black with a half inch tan head, dissipates quickly into lacing

Nose: Tons of bourbon and tons of dark fruit. Reminiscent of BCBS but more intense.

Taste: Intensity is dialed to 11 off the bat. Bourbon, chocolate, and dark fruit. Finish is predictably boozy although smother than I anticipated.

Feel: Full-bodied albeit thinner than expected. Relatively active carbonation keeps it from becoming syrupy.

Nov 13, 2019
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kemoarps from Washington

4.26/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2018 bottle thanks to the generosity of @2beerdogs, opened in honour of my Opa Jan.

Pour is actually thinner/lighter than I'd expected, though once it gathers in the glass it does gain some more of that menace. But ultimately it's closer to a cola/dark syrup/dark chestnut brown than it is a molasses black. Not much head at all: nothing more than a drifting of bubbles around the edge. No lacing to speak of.

Nose brings less alcohol heat than I'd feared. Sweet bourbon vanilla and oak. Some caramel. Honestly just not as strong as I'd expected overall. More pleasant and mellow and sweet.

Flavour again belies the behemoth that lurks in these waters. 19.2% on the label, but I could be convinced of significantly less than that. Maybe not half, but closer to that than actuality. While I do get some heat, especially as I work my way through the glass, the prominent flavours are more the rest of the barrel, much like the nose. Vanilla, oak, caramel, maybe a hint of sweet sweet chocolate, maybe riesen-like toffee... This is decadent and rich without really being luxuriant.

Smoothe and while it's thin (unsurprising given the alcohol and that), it is not conspicuously so. Again, this is a masterclass in taking an overbearing characteristic and folding it in to subtly be simply a presence. That may sound like damning with faint praise, but I absolutely do not mean it as such. Dangerously easy to drink for the near-liqeuer level abv.
Thank you Derek for supplying me with this delicious inebriant!

Aug 04, 2019
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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

4.53/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours slick black with a thin mocha colored head settles quickly to a thin ring.

Aroma - Bourbon dark fruit, chocolate and vanilla.

Taste - Lots of chocolate, bourbon soaked raisins, oak and vanilla.

Feel - Surprisingly smooth lots of heat and burn from the alcohol but pretty easy drinking

Overall - Big boozy stout slick really tasty and easy drinking.

Jun 14, 2019
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.02/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: More dark brown than the expected blackness, and head is paltry thin with little retention. Some lacing.

S: Rich bourbon and vanilla. Notes of dates and marshmallow, still a touch muted, less than rich, and underwhelming.

T: Again with figgy bourbon flavors and sweet malt, definite soy sauce and booze still a bit rough after aging this one 3.5 years! Cherry tartness. Drenched in syrupy sweetness.

F: It’s a big beer so some heat is expected still and the carbonation is decent, but it is quite thinner than expected.

O: Aged 3.5 years to be drinkable still starts hot when chilled, nice tartness but a bit boozy and sweet! So many better big stouts. Not up to this hype.

May 10, 2019
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Hop_God from California

4.43/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016 release consumed 5.1.18. Amazing express of the style. Drinks soft and smooth for 20% abv. More like an old ale look but drinks like a stout. Heavy booze and chocolate.

May 02, 2019
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Rristow from Ohio

4.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Huge beer! 2014 version. Pours jet black with minimal head. Aroma is lots of raisin and dates, caramel and bourbon. Hides ridiculous high abv very well. Only a slight hint of booziness. Lots of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, almost a little cherry, cocoa. Awesome, complex huge beer.

May 01, 2019
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JBowenGeorgia from Georgia

4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2017 bottle.
Pours dark brown/black with a thin tan head on a heavy pour.
Smells of bourbon, roasty, chocolate, vanilla.
Taste is roasty malt, chocolate, bourbon, vanilla.
Full bodied, good carb level.
Overall an excellent one that I'm glad I finally got to try. Alcohol was present but not like I would expect in a near 20%ABV beer.

Apr 09, 2019
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an inky black with glimmers of brown cola, scant head but surprising carbonation. Aroma is bursting with dark cacao supported by bourbon caramel, espresso, oak & anise.

Not surprisingly, the barrel characteristics really dominate the palate - tons of boozey caramel & vanilla upfront, some fudge bark & burnt chocolate after that. On the backend there is definitely a sharp anise / black licorice flavor that helps counter some of that sweetness. Finishes with more bourbon heat & bitter anise.

Thought it was a little bit thin, and a tad too hot on the booze (but I mean, for a 19% beer whadda ya expect?) but I liked that it wasn’t just a sweet bomb and had some earthier notes.

Jan 27, 2019
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heishmot from California

5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had a glass at Bruery Terreaux last night.

Look: pitch black
Smell: coffee, bourbon, some maple
Taste: sweet, not a super strong alcohol burn.
Feel: full of body, not thin

I've recently tried some Founders CBS (shared a 750 bottle) and KBS (12 oz bottle). Both are great, but Black Tuesday has got more complexity.

Nov 29, 2018
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Korbynlehr from Kentucky

4.55/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Black as tar. Dark roasted chocolate and nuts. Doesn’t drink like 19%. Love the aftertaste and it feels coating and smooth. Abv does not allow for lacing at all.

Nov 04, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

03/2014 - 2011 vintage - Wow, this is boozy but amazing! Bourbon, wood, caramel nose; velvety, hot, chocolate, oak all over mouthfeel; lasting finish. It's intense but yum!

Sep 27, 2018
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MJSFS from Florida

4.96/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Good lord what an experience! Look is cola with some alcohol legs. Not the best looking Impy Stout by a long shot. But look is by far the least important attribute, and at nearly 20%, it wasn’t going to look like beer anyways. Nose is world-class! Bourbon, chocolate, vanilla, coconut, prunes, tobacco, leather, malts. Possibly the best beer I’ve ever smelled. The taste follows the complexity of the nose with a huge alcohol punch. Mouthfeel is velvety with a mild prickly carbonation. Overall a word class beer that might benefit from the ABV being dialed down just a tad. Worth seeking out for sure!

Sep 08, 2018
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wmartin from North Carolina

4.89/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Opened a bottle today that I obtained direct from brewery last Dec. It has been stored at 36F most of the time. I had a taste of another bottle in December, and it immediately reminded me of BCBS, but with some difference in character. It had a more pronounced dark fruit flavor. After 8 months of cold storage, I finally tried my bottle, and it immediately grabbed me with its strong, mellow flavors, and its similarity to BCBS. I now find it better than BCBS, as it seems to have stronger flavors. Beautiful dark, sweet flavors of raisins and plums, along with strong bourbon and barrel flavors, plus a good dose of alcohol. Label says it "contains alcohol". No kidding.

Tastes very much of alcohol, perhaps too much for some people, but I like it in small amounts. Takes 3 days of dedicated effort to finish a bottle. I'm about half way through this one after 2 days. Seems to last quite well with fridge storage after opening, no doubt due to high ABV. There is little carbonation to begin with, and no perceptible change in flavor profile after a couple days of bottle being opened.

Really tremendous stuff, and I'll have to see about getting some more.

Aug 30, 2018
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AyatollahGold from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, lets just do it. Pouring a 2016 bottle from a 750 ml. into a tulip glass. This beer poured surprisingly lighter in color than most of similar style. It had medium brown highlights throughout the whole pour. Forms in the glass dark, but even still with highlights around all edges. It formed a very thin and incomplete crown that was light tan in color. The smell is hot and boozy with big dark fruit notes like raisins, plums and figs. The taste comes in with those dark fruit notes again but now providing some cherry like element as well. It is definitely warm, but less than would ever be expected from a 40 proof bourbon barrel aged imperial stout. Finishes with that warmness mixing with some nice chocolate notes. Honestly though, I'm a little let down on the amount of flavor being delivered. Overall, this wasn't bad but I've definitely had better from the Bruery. I will give them the achievement of making a 40 proof stout that is drinkable as hell and the ABV that hidden tho.

Aug 17, 2018
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.49/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 10/05/17. Poured into a small snifter.

Overrated. A “depth charge” of a beer. When are folks going to learn moderation?

Poor head. Thin mouthfeel. Vanilla, caramel, oak and roasted malts are all there but totally overwhelmed by bourbon.

Jul 30, 2018
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Harrison8 from Missouri

4.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a finger of khaki foam. Small pour (8oz glass), so easily more head formation with a 12oz or larger pour. Aroma is roasted, toasted, and caramel malts with a swell of bourbon behind. Plum, toffee, and molasses give it a little extra boost. Aroma mellows as the beer warms, providing a kaleidoscope of dark stout flavors, with the alcohol receding into the background. Flavor profile is roasted, toasted, and caramel malts quickly followed by toffee, molasses, and bourbon. There is a boozy, heavy burn at the back fresh out of the fridge, but as it warms the bourbon turns to more of a warm liquid, as opposed to a molten express delivery of alcohol. The dense flavor profile covers up the near 20% ABV well, but the booze still peeks through, even after aging for a little over a year. Mouth feel is thick with a velvety, grainy texture. Overall, a hearty, boozy stout with a huge ABV. It remains well balanced all things considered, but the ABV still peaks through.

Served in a 8oz Black Tuesday glass from a 750mL bottle. 2016 bottle reviewed in 2018.

Jun 02, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. Enjoyed with two friends on the shores of Loch Duich near the small Scottish town of Shiel Bridge before embarking on a backpacking trip across the nation.

Surprisingly pale black body given the ABV. Aromas and flavors are almost like that of a barrel aged barleywine or a chocolate liqueur: lots of molasses, dark fruits, dark chocolate, and bourbon. Feel is a little limp, but otherwise good.


May 18, 2018
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into Bruery tulip. Received both in a BIF from 2beerdogs, thanks!
Thought I should start with the OG before moving on to the days of the week variants. Drank at recommended temperature of 55 (give or take). The pour is somewhat disappointing. Brown and cola like, 3/4" of large bubbles that just fizzed away very quickly. Just about thought this was infected. Thankfully it is not. From my first whiff I get anise, some roast, a ton of bourbon, figs and just a hint of chocolate. Moving on to the taste. First sip was all the raisins. Going back for more produced just a bunch of heat, whiskey, burnt caramel. I'm getting some root beer, Hershey's syrup on the back end, and definitely coconut and marshmallow from the wood. I've tasted old ales and barleywines that have these flavors but without this heat. If I had regular access to this I'd let it sit for a year or two. The booze is strong on this one.
Now to the most disappointing component...for a beer to be this big, I needed a thick, velvet coating of the mouth aspect. Black Tuesday does not have it. And that's going to bring my rating down by a lot.
My overall impressions-Everyone should try this beer. It has cult status in my opinion. I'm very glad to have tried it. Fresh out of the gate, it's too hot to enjoy, it needs time to rest. Since I did open it fresh, it's unique, hot and complex. I enjoyed it over the course of a few hours letting new flavors develop as it warmed.

Apr 27, 2018
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StrandsideMB from California

4.61/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hot and sticky. Needs to sit several years to let the booze calm down. One of these bottles to the dome will put you down for the count. Wish they made these in smaller portions.

Mar 15, 2018
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Sticklandred from Michigan

4.94/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is what turned me in to a craft beer lover. I tasted it in a flight years ago and began to hunt down stouts. Many disappointed, but it opened up my pallet to good beer in general. I wish I could find this beer near me!

Mar 13, 2018
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Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 4124 ratings